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Working with forestry scientists across the world
Michelle Kovacevic
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Co...
blog.cifor.org
Outline
 Background
 Challenges
 Opportunities
Forests by the numbers
 31% of the world’s land mass
 Provide $250 billion in various forms of income
 Essential to the...
Policy-orientated
research that
informs
equitable
decision making
in tropical
forested
countries
Where we work
Research sites in more than 30 countries
Over 200 staff from 37 countries
Knowledge sharing models
CIFOR
Output
Knowledge
sharing
Knowledge
sharing
Knowledge
sharing
Impact
Impact
Impact
The challenges
Capacity gaps // Audience diversity // Cultural sensitivities
Huge audience diversity
Q: If there was some
media to give you
information on water,
food and energy
supplies, what
inform...
Huge audience diversity
Q: If there was some
media to give you
information on water,
food and energy
supplies, what
inform...
Lack of capacity
• Language
Capacity building and training for
scientists, journalists and
communicators
Lack of capacity
• Technology
Landscape game: A virtual reality?
Beware of cultural
sensitivities…
Which headline would you go with?
DR Congo not ready to make REDD+ funding work
Can REDD+ drive change in DR Congo?
Opportunities
Growing importance // Impact needs comms // communities of practice
Importance of communication
increasingly recognized
By scientists By donorsBy institutions
Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
Focus on “impact” &
“evidence-based policy making”
Focus on “impact” &
“evidence-based policy making”
Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
Focus on “impact” &
“evidence-based policy making”
Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination Evaluation
Focus on “impact” &
“evidence-based policy making”
Building communities of practice
ForestsClimateChange.org
Follow us!
@forestsCC
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Working with scientists in developing countries

  1. 1. Working with forestry scientists across the world Michelle Kovacevic Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Contact: m.kovacevic@cgiar.org; @kovamic
  2. 2. blog.cifor.org
  3. 3. Outline  Background  Challenges  Opportunities
  4. 4. Forests by the numbers  31% of the world’s land mass  Provide $250 billion in various forms of income  Essential to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people (25% of world pop)  80% of terrestrial biodiversity  Absorb up to a third of all carbon emissions
  5. 5. Policy-orientated research that informs equitable decision making in tropical forested countries
  6. 6. Where we work Research sites in more than 30 countries Over 200 staff from 37 countries
  7. 7. Knowledge sharing models CIFOR Output Knowledge sharing Knowledge sharing Knowledge sharing Impact Impact Impact
  8. 8. The challenges Capacity gaps // Audience diversity // Cultural sensitivities
  9. 9. Huge audience diversity Q: If there was some media to give you information on water, food and energy supplies, what information would you be interested in? People who live in forests
  10. 10. Huge audience diversity Q: If there was some media to give you information on water, food and energy supplies, what information would you be interested to watch/read/listen to? People who don’t live in forests
  11. 11. Lack of capacity • Language
  12. 12. Capacity building and training for scientists, journalists and communicators
  13. 13. Lack of capacity • Technology
  14. 14. Landscape game: A virtual reality?
  15. 15. Beware of cultural sensitivities…
  16. 16. Which headline would you go with? DR Congo not ready to make REDD+ funding work Can REDD+ drive change in DR Congo?
  17. 17. Opportunities Growing importance // Impact needs comms // communities of practice
  18. 18. Importance of communication increasingly recognized By scientists By donorsBy institutions
  19. 19. Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making”
  20. 20. Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making” Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
  21. 21. Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making” Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
  22. 22. Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination Evaluation Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making”
  23. 23. Building communities of practice
  24. 24. ForestsClimateChange.org Follow us! @forestsCC

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